Meet the Absolute Yoga INSTRUCTORS
Shannen Marie Roy, 200HR RYT Teaching kid's yoga takes a truly special kind of person. Her lighthearted, creative nature and passion for yoga shines through in all that she does on and off the mat. Her classes offer children an encouraging space to truly shine their own inner light through yoga postures, meditation, mindfulness, breathing, games, songs, imagination, creative self expression and most importantly....having fun! Shannen began her yoga journey in 2005, finding alternative ways to help get through illness. She knew at once it would become a lifelong practice. She is a certified Kidding Around Yoga instructor, certified Yoga4Sobriety instructor as well as certified Yoga for Families of Addiction instructor. Shannen received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification through State of Grace Yoga & Wellness in Uxbridge, MA.
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Mimi Boudreau has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching yoga since 2006. Having to retire at a young age as a ballerina, due to injury, yoga helped fill the gap for Mimi when she left the ballet world. She attended Bikram Yoga training in Spring 2006, then continued her studies with Jimmy Barkan, Beryl Bender Birch, Baptiste, as well as Rolf Gates. Furthering her love for yoga and dance, Mimi became a certified barre instructor in 2012. She describes her barre class as a fun, funky, and tough, and satisfying work out. Mimi is also a certified Reiki Energy Healer, and Gem Stone/Mineral therapist.
Deb (Newman) McGonnell has been practicing yoga for several years. She studied with Diane and John Featherstone of Frog Pond Yoga in Princeton, MA where she certified in hatha yoga in 2002. In the spring of 2013, Deb spent a month in Kerala, India where she earned her RYT-500 certification. Last fall, she completed training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She continues to develop her own practice and to inspire her teaching by taking classes with master yoga teachers, especially Natasha Rizopoulos. Deb has learned from Ana Forrest, Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, Patricia Walden, Shiva Rea and countless others in continuing education opportunities and incorporates the principles of energy and alignment into her teaching and practice. Enjoying both domestic and international travel, Deb tries to take a yoga class whenever she is away. In addition to yoga, she studies Buddhism and mindfulness and works to incorporate spirituality into daily life. With an openhearted, playful style of yoga in her classes, she is always exploring new methods and styles. She says that she can't imagine life without the gifts of yoga!
Kathleen Snapper I began practicing power yoga in 2003. Having been active in group fitness classes and martial arts for many years I found a more peaceful energetic feeling practicing asana and making that connection with breath. With my children going off to college, I spent a year on self-discovery. I registered for a couple of college courses, practiced yoga, meditation, and journaling, and spent a semester working on a research project and looking at the world through a camera lens. During this journey, I began yoga teacher training and completed a 200-hour RYT in Vinyasa Power Flow in 2013. In 2017 I completed Yin Yoga teacher training and am now teaching Yin as well as Vinyasa.
The Vinyasa Flow practice speaks to me because I feel like it is a dance, it is an energetic, meditative practice moving from one pose to another, always connecting to the breath and the Yin practice is deeply meditative and more stationary allowing the body to become still, the breath to become quiet and the mind to slow down cultivating a deep awareness of mind and body, for me this is the perfect balance in my yoga practice.
Teaching yoga truly brings me joy. I feel an overall sense of compassion, peace and love from yoga. I care about people and I want to help others find that place of peace because we need more kindness and compassion in the world and I believe that when people come together and find a little bit of that in a yoga class they can walk back out into the world and spread a little kindness with something as simple as a smile for someone they pass on the street.
Ally Marsh, R.Y.T. was introduced to yoga while an undergrad in Vermont. She eventually settled in Boston and began training which culminated in a Master’s level licensed mental health counselor specializing in expressive therapies. She began using art, music and movement to aid others through mental health difficulties and found the integral benefits of yoga for her own self care as well as for the benefit of others. Yoga is the perfect balance for connection to the mind, body, and mindful awareness of the connection. She was further inspired to expand her yogic path while working on a women’s mental health unit and took a leave to become trained as a 200-RYT, certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The training in Costa Rica under the teachings of Jacqueline Heisle, incorporated the physical, emotional, and combined whole self approach to self improvement. Ally’s classes incorporate alignment as well as a creative heat-building flow. Her classes are adaptable to new yogi’s or those with an established practice. She creates a setting of nourishing comfort balanced with challenge and encourages students to set a heartfelt intention and then allow the asana to float to that space. She utilizes other senses such as sound, scent, and touch to facilitate a whole self experience. Ally continues to be inspirited by teachers such as Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Ame Wren, Georgia Reath, as well through the guidance of all teachers she has been lucky to follow.
Michelle Bullock, 200 HR RYT. I started practicing yoga in 2008 and was hooked immediately. My yoga practice made me feel happier, grounded and more energized. Yoga has provided me with invaluable tools to be more mindful, self-aware and present in my relationships with myself and others. I am so grateful that I can share this practice with others and spread the joy of yoga. I am a 200HR RYT with the Yoga Alliance. I was certified through the Body Matrix Transformational Yoga Teacher Training. My goal as a teacher is to offer a supportive and safe space for both new new and experienced students to explore yoga at their own pace. I aim to encourage students to recognize the power within themselves and to practice yoga with an open heart and without expectation. In my classes you will experience an all levels asana practice incorporating conscious breath work, creative sequencing and fun music. My happy places are being by the ocean, rocking out to great music, traveling to new places, hiking, camping, and spending as much time as possible with my family and friends.
Beth Patrick, After participating in a 40 Days to Personal Revolution program which included yoga, nutrition, journaling and meditation, Beth was started on a yoga journey.Yoga has proven to her to be so beneficial increasing strength, energy and mobility, as well as focus, breath control and a sense of balance. Her goal is to practice and teach yoga as a pathway to wellness for body and mind. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Hatha yoga with Iyengar influence. In the fall/winter, she will be completing certification in Reiki Level 1 and Yoga for Cancer Recovery. Beth has always enjoyed physical activities including biking, swimming, tennis, and walking her dog. She is a mother of three and previously worked as a substitute teacher in the elementary schools in town. Beth teaches our Beginners Basics class on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.
Natalie Breslau, Natalie has been practicing yoga and the Ashtanga system since 2002. In 2003, Natalie spent six months in India studying the Ashtanga system with Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, the paramaguru, Sharath. She is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and has additionally taken teacher trainings and extensive studies with senior Ashtanga teachers David Swensen and Nancy Gilgoff. She believes Ashtanga should be fun and accessible while keeping her guruji's motto "99% practice, 1% theory." In addition to her Ashtanga background, Natalie has a special interest in bringing yoga & mindfulness techniques to teens and middle schoolers in a fun accessible way. Natalie teaches our Beginners Ashtanga class on Thursday evenings at 6pm.
Ginny Murphy, Originally drawn to yoga as a complement for my other workouts, I quickly discovered the joy of asana. In no time at all, yoga morphed from a secondary “workout” to my primary focus. While I love the physicality of the practice, I find it is the mental & spiritual echos that kept calling me back to my mat.
Fueling my passion to learn more and delve deeper into the practice, I completed my 200 hour teacher training and was quite surprised by my desire to teach and share my love for the practice with others. I have since completed my 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training at Down Under School of Yoga.
My style is gentle and intuitive. Guiding my students to go inside, feel the shapes and listen to what best serves them best in that specific moment. Always asking them to be present in their bodies and honor what they are feeling, my goal is to create a safe space for all students to explore their practice.
Ginny is certified Usui Reiki level 1 practitioner and is CPR/AED certified. You can practice with Ginny on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm at our Restorative Yoga class.
Erin Powers, I am happy and excited to bring Yin Yoga to the studio. Teaching Yoga brings me an overwhelming sense of connection and joy. I work to cultivate a caring and compassionate environment that is open to all levels. I believe when people come together through yoga, they leave each class lighter and brighter and are able to share this light with others. I hope to make the world a better place one yoga class at a time. I believe we all can be that one person that starts a chain reaction of kindness and wellness.
I began my regular practice of yoga in 2014 following a period of deep reflection and self-discovery after graduating college. I had always been active in dance and gymnastics, worked out regularly but felt something was missing from my life. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a Kundalini yoga video that I began discovering my purpose, expanding my yoga practice
and more clearly defining my goals.
I was moved to go on to graduate school for my Master’s degree in counseling and in the same month I registered for my 200hr yoga training at Raffa Yoga in Cranston, RI. I was trained in Ashtanga/Vinyassa style, and while I love this style and practice it regularly, I also discovered the beauty of a slower Yin Yoga practice. I love the way Yin Yoga stretches and expands not only the muscles but the mind. It is a perfect style to support releasing what is no longer serving us and allows for delving deeper into what is. I love to incorporate breathwork into the practice, as the breath serves as a great cultivator of the mind-body connection, supporting a more optimal quality of life.
Gina Del Prete, I took my first yoga class when I was 17 and never looked back. I was struck by how remarkably better I felt and to this day yoga has yet to prove otherwise. I received my 500 YTT certificate in June of 2016 from The Yoga Studio in Millis and became a certified Reiki level two practitioner in 2017 from the Sacred Tree in Norfolk. I am currently working toward a master’s degree in clinical social work from Simmons University with the hope of combining both modalities of yoga and counseling in the near future. For now, I enjoy sharing the teachings of yoga with others and want to pass on the exceptional influence yoga continues to offer. I love how yoga teaches supportive techniques through the ongoing journey of self-discovery that takes place in all of us. I prefer to guide my class with an alignment-based style and incorporate breath work with various elements of Hatha, Iyengar, restorative and gentle flow.